September 4 a nun who dedicated her life to helping the poor in India, mother Teresa, will likely be canonized as a saint, Pope Francis declared Tuesday.
The date falls on the eve of the anniversary of her passing, which happened on September 5, 1997.
In December, Pope Francis announced that Mother Teresa would be declared a saint after acknowledging a second miracle attributed to her: the healing of a Brazilian guy with numerous brain tumors after loved ones prayed to her, the Italian Catholic bishops' association's official newspaper Avvenire reported. That miracle occurred after her passing.
The nun was beatified in October 2003 by Pope John Paul II that was now deceased. He approved a first posthumous miracle.
A 30-year old girl in Kolkata said she was cured of a stomach tumor after praying to Mother Teresa. A Vatican committee declared it a miracle and said it could find no scientific explanation for her healing.
Mother Teresa baptized Gonxha Agnes and was born in 1910 in Albania, the Vatican said in her biography.
At age 18, she joined an Irish convent. Months later, she left for India, landing in January 1929, in Kolkata, the town subsequently called Calcutta. She taught at St. Mary's School for girls.
There, she took her Final Profession of Vows and became Mother Teresa. Almost 20 years after, during a train ride in India, she felt a calling from Jesus to care for the poor, her biography that was Vatican said. She established Missionaries of Charity to serve the poorest of all.
She donned her iconic white sari with blue trim for the very first time and walked out of her convent to begin her life caring for the poor. She washed the wounded, cared for the sick and dying, and she was joined by some of her former pupils over time. She distribute her work throughout India.
Pope John Paul II waived the requirement of waiting after an individual 's departure to pursue the path to sainthood and opened the Cause of Canonization of Mother Teresa less than two years after her passing.